Myths vs Reality: PC Gaming

by Darrin

Myth: High End PC gaming isn’t on going to die.

Reality: iOS/Android will replace Windows for gaming and the tower form factor with plug-in GPUs will become even more niche than it already is. Sure, iOS/Android will be PC-like, but not a PC in the current sense. Android/iOS have already replaced PCs for basic consumer use. When Android/iOS mature to the point where most college students or generic office workers can use them as their main system, the gaming market will follow.

Myth: A high-end gaming PC has the most game rendering power.

Reality: Various non-PC supercomputer configurations trump PCs in processing power. Of course supercomputers aren’t practical for the consumer market, but then again, neither are tower PCs next to laptops and
iOS/Android devices.

Myth: PCs are more powerful than consoles.

Reality: PCs only have as much power as the chips inside. Tower PCs with plug-in graphics cards really are more powerful than consoles, but they are rarities. Even the exclusive PC game makers have long ago migrated to targeting laptops with integrated graphics, and the higher end plug-in GPU cards just provide extras like higher resolutions and FPS. A new laptop with a Haswell chipset will smoke a seven year old PS3, but laptop integrated graphics are not quite a console killer from a tech perspective.

Myth: PC gamers are the master race of gaming

Reality: Imagine a tween telling a master classical musician that some manufactured Disney star is the best musician of all time. A philistine! That’s analagous to Windows gamers claiming that a Windows OS system is the master race of anything. Windows is based on Microsoft Office and point and click. Do you know what LaTeX or Markdown is? How about zsh? Scala? Most Windows loyalists are oblivious to these just like the Disney fan typically doesn’t have very sophisticated music theory knowledge. And yes, you can use most of those on Windows, but Windows is really not a good OS for that type of command line centric work. These are non-gaming use cases, but buying and maintaining a Windows system strictly for gaming when you use a Linux PC for everything else, generally isn’t practical.

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